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San Francisco (also called San Pancho) is a village in Nayarit, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.


Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

From the airport of Puerto Vallarta: Go to the highway, cross the bridge and take a direct bus for around M$50-60 (Nov 2021). The buses to San Pancho are green on the bottom and frequent. Some have air-conditioning.

You can also join these buses in Puerto Vallarta in Las Glorias and at Wallmart/Sams as well as in Bucerias and Sayulita.

You will be dropped off at the highway of San Pancho, there is no terminal. So take care to not miss the 1 bus stop.

Get around[edit]

Map of San Francisco (Mexico)

The main street (Av. Tercer Mundo) goes from the highway to the beach.



1 Playa San Pancho

You can go hiking into the jungle in the north, south and east. covers the walking paths. In the east also the satellite view of Google Maps shows you more roads. When walking to the east you can go to a place where a 2 future interstate highway will be and see the construction progress. It's a 30–40 minute walk from the Oxxo. shows you the planned route of the interstate highway.


In the intersection of the roads Africa/China is a Banorte ATM. Along the main street are Multiva ATMs.

At the highway is an Oxxo and in the center a Super Kiosko.


On the Av. Tercer Mundo you can find street-food. Stalls are open at different daytimes.



Go next[edit]

You can find hostels and private rooms in:

  • Sayulita – 7 km in the south-west. You can do hiking into the jungle. The water at the beach is shallow.
  • Bucerias – 25 km in the south-east. A coastal village with a long uninterrupted white sand beach
  • Punta Mita – 25 km in the south-west.
  • Tepic – 125 km in the north-east. It's the capital of Nayarit
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Guadalajara – 290 km in the east. Mexico's second largest city and the capital of Jalisco and near the town Tequilla. From Guadalajara further to San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende or Querétaro
  • Mazatlán – It is recommended to take a flight to and out of the city.

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